Astronomy Voyage

Learn about the night sky and stunning aurora borealis in the company of Astronomy experts on this 11-night voyage along the dramatic Norway coast from Bergen to Kirkenes and return. Includes direct flights from the UK

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11 nights

Astronomy Voyage Special Offer

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This voyage will be accompanied by the renowned astronomers Dr John Mason, Graham Bryant or Ian Ridpath and hopefully the greatest lightshow on earth, the Northern Lights .

Through a series of lectures and a guided tour of the Arctic night sky from the deck of the ship, the lecturers will bring the world of stars, planets and meteors closer whilst also exploring the numerous myths and legends linked to the constellations in our skies.

This fascinating journey commences in Bergen, with a leisurely voyage north. Every day offers a new highlight, and the first few days alone take us to the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund and medieval Trondheim with its Gothic Cathedral. As we travel further north we cross the Arctic Circle, visiting the Lofoten Islands and the Arctic capital, Tromsø, where a trip to the Northern Lights Planetarium is included. In Honningsvåg, you can join an excursion to mainland Europe's most northerly point, the North Cape.

Sailing on, we head for the sheltered harbour of Kirkenes. Here you choose from a wide range of optional excursions includng avisit the Russian border or stylish Snow Hotel, dogsledging and snowmobiling.

Ports visited by night on the northbound voyage are seen by day on the southbound journey, ensuring that all passengers get to know the very best of the dramatic and interesting Norwegian coastline

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Northern Lights Astronomy Voyage

Day 1 - UK - Bergen (Norway)

Arrive in Bergen and embark your ship. Enjoy the relaxed ambience on board and meet fellow astronomers as you enjoy the spectacular landscapes.

Day 2 - Alesund

An early arrival at the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund offers the opportunity to go ashore and explore this pretty town.

Day 3 - Trondheim

Continuing north we head for the medieval city of Trondheim, whose colourful history is reflected in its handsome civic architecture.

Day 4 - Arctic Circle - Lofoten Islands

Crossing the Arctic Circle we continue to the modern town of Bodø and after crossing the Vestfjord at the day's end, see the stunning Lofoten Islands and their capital, Svolvaer.

Day 5 - Tromso

A relaxing morning on board precedes our arrival in Tromø, the Arctic capital of Norway. Here a special visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium is included especially for this tour.

Day 6 - Hammerfest - Honningsvag

Following an early call at Hammerfest we arrive in Honningsvåg, the portal to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape.

Day 7 - Kirkenes

The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as we approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometers from the Russian border. Optional excursions here include dog sledging, snowmobiling, or a visit to the Snow Hotel. As we return south the northbound ports visited by night are now seen by day.

Day 8 - Hammerfest and Tromso

Hammerfest, the world's most northerly town is our first major stop, before continuing to Tromsø for a chance to enjoy the Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral.

Day 9 - Lofoten - Vesteralen Islands

Passing through the legendary Lofoten Islands the ship negotiates an intricate network of inlets and isles. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Norwegian coast and for many it is the most stunning part of the journey south.

Day 10 - Arctic Circle - Seven Sisters

Cross the Arctic Circle and sail past the peaks of the Seven Sisters as you enter a world of legends and folklore, before a chance to enjoy the award-winning Maritime Museum at Rørvik.

Day 11 - Trondheim

An early morning arrival in Trondheim, with time to explore the city.

Day 12 - Bergen - UK

A few nautical miles take you to Bergen and the end of your Astronomy Voyage. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Your lecturers on board are Dr John Mason MBE - 3 Oct, 5 Nov, 30 Dec 2018 and 1 Feb, 28 Mar 2019 departures; Ian Ridpath - 31 Oct 2018 and 1 Mar 2019 departures; and Graham Bryant - 3 Dec 2018 departure

Price Includes

  • 11 night voyage in a twin cabin in a selected grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • English-speaking Tour Manager
  • Entrance fee to the Science Centre in Tromso
  • All appropriate transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions

Additional Information

  • Optional Excursions:
  • 2F - A Taste of Norway - Level 1 from £102pp (available 1 Oct to 1 Nov)
  • 2G - Mountain Hike in the Hjorundfjord - Level 4 from £82pp (available 1 Oct to 1 Nov)
  • 2H - Hike with a Visit to a Shieling - Level 3 from £92pp (available 1 Oct to 1 Nov)
  • 2C - Art Nouveau Walk - Level 2 from £82pp (available 2 Nov to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 2D Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Alaska - Level 2 from £82pp (available 2 Nov to 31 Mar)
  • 3B - Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral - Level 1 from £82pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 3D - Trondheim City Walk - Level 2 from £82pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 3G - Kayaking on the River Nid - Level 4 from £108pp (available 1 to 31 Oct)
  • 3I - The Northernmost Tram Ride - Level 1 from £102pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 4C - Experience Bodo and Saltstraumen - Level 2 from £82pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 4D - RIB Safari to Saltstraumen - Level 3 from £143pp (available 1 Oct to 3 Nov)
  • 4E - Meet the Vikings - Level 1 from £143pp (available 4 Nov to 31 Mar)
  • 4H - Lofotpils Brewery - Level 1 from £40pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 5A - Arctic Capital Tromso - Level 1 from £134pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 5B - Dog Sledding - Level 3 from £250pp (available 5 Nov to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 5C - Scenery and Huskies - Level 1 from £92pp (available 1 Oct to 4 Nov)
  • 5D - Polar History Walk - Level 2 from £82pp (available 5 Nov to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 6A - The North Cape - Level 1 from £149pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 6D - Snowmobile Trip - Level 3 from £294pp (available 6 Dec to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 6E - Sami Autumn - Level 1 from £102pp (available 1 Oct to 5 Nov)
  • 6H - Fishing Village Visit - Level 2 from £102pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 7A - The Russian Border - Level 1 from £102pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 7C - Snowmobile Safari - Level 2 from £180pp (available 15 Dec to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 7D - Kirkenes Snowhotel - Level 2 from £82pp (available 20 Dec to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 7F - Husky Sledge Adventure - Level 3 from £191pp (available 1 Nov to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 7H - King Crab Expedition - Level 3 from £195pp (available 1 Oct to 15 Nov)
  • 8B - The Northernmost Town in the World - Level 1 from £92pp (available 8 Jun to 8 Apr)
  • 8C - Midnight Concert at the Arctic Cathedral - Level 1 from £71pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 8F - Snowmobile Trip in the Polar Night - Level 3 from £340pp (available 8 Dec to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 8G - Mountain Hike in Hammerfest - Level 4 from £82pp (available 1 Oct to 7 Nov)
  • 8H - Into the Ice - Level 4 from £99pp (available 8 Nov to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 22 Mar)
  • 9A - A Taste of Vesteralen - Level 1 from £102pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 9D - Lofoten by Horse - Level 3 from £154pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 9H - Mountain Hike in Lofoten - Level 4 from £71pp (available 1 Oct - 8 Nov)
  • 11A - Trondheim to Nidaros Cathedral - Level 1 from £82pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 11B - The Hidden Rooms of Nidaros Cathedral - Level 2 from £164pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 11E - Bergatt Magnificent Marble Mine - Level 2 from £164pp (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • 12A - Bergen City Sightseeing - Level 1 Only for sale onboard (available 1 Oct to 31 Dec and 1 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • Due to excursion timings you will be unable to combine all options. Some excursions are only available on selected dates

Special Features

  • Your lecturers on board are Dr John Mason MBE - 3 Oct, 5 Nov, 30 Dec 2018; 1 Feb, 28 Mar 2019 departures; Ian Ridpath - 31 Oct 2018 and 1 Mar 2019; and Graham Bryant - 3 Dec 2018 departures
  • Dr John Mason MBE - An Applied Physicist by profession, Dr John Mason has been actively involved in Science for over 30 years, with Astronomy Astrophysics and Space Technology as his main interests. He is currently Principle Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, has been a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1976 and is a full member of the International Astronomical Union. He lectures extensively in the UK and overseas and is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television, having appeared many times with Patrick Moore on BBC TV's 'The Sky at Night'.
  • Ian Ridpath - A full time writer and broadcaster on Astronomy since 1972 who has previously worked at the University of London Observatory and in publishing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, as well as a member of the Society of Authors and of the Association of British Science Writers. He is also the Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and the Norton's Star Atlas, a publication now in its 20th edition since 1910.
  • Graham Bryant - Chairman of the Clanfield Observatory in Hampshire - the largest amateur observatory in the UK. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and part-time presenter at the South Downs Planetarium. Graham also mentors the final year astronomy module at the University of Portsmouth
  • Northern Lights Promise Offer Terms and Conditions: *Northern Lights Occurrence is defined as a sighting from the ship which is recorded by the ship’s deck officers and which is announced to passengers on board. An occurrence can last anything from a few minutes to a matter of hours, and the ships decision as to whether the Northern lights occurred is final. We hope that you will experience seeing the Northern Lights whilst on your Classic Round Voyage, although we cannot be held responsible if you don’t. We do however, promise that in the event of there being no Northern Lights Occurrence as defined above on your voyage, we will invite you back to cruise once more at Hurtigruten's expense on a 6 or 7 day Classic Voyage cruise between October and March in the following winter season, in an unspecified inside twin cabin on a half board basis, (you may upgrade subject to additional costs and availability). This offer applies to all new bookings on the Classic Round Voyages, departing from 1st October 2018 to 31 March 2019. The offer cruise must be booked within 28 days from your return date. A choice of departure dates will be given. Excludes flights and transfers. Offer does not apply to re-scheduled or cancelled cruises. Bookings are non-transferable and non-changeable, must be booked under the same occupancy as the original booking and have no cash value. Price based on two people sharing in inside cabin on a full board basis. Not included in price: flights, transfers, excursions and luggage handling. Price subject to availability and booking conditions.

NORTHERN LIGHTS PROMISE: Next voyage free if the lights don't appear! Terms and conditions apply

Exclusive £25pp discount on all departures! Prices shown include discount

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